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30 Neighbors. 30 Days. Spotlighting diverse Pittsburghers in social media and here on PUM
 
January 30, Day 11:  
“In Syria, it’s hard to get diesel fuel to heat your home because it’s hard to supply it. The road is dangerous and it’s hard for trucks to bring it to small towns. Sometimes they’re shooting the trucks -- and the diesel is flammable. People used to turn the heat on 10 to 12 hours per day and now they’re using it only two or three hours and sometimes it’s as cold as here.


It’s more dangerous now. But, not because of Syrian people -- not because of Muslim Syrian people, because of others, extremists, who came to our country to kill off our country. They are dangerous for Christians and Muslims alike. If you don’t follow how they think about religion, they will kill you. If you follow them you are safe. If not, you are dead.


I’m Christian, and I have so many Muslim friends - brothers - that I consider family. My Muslim friend’s mother would sit with me and tell me that she considered me her son. I’d say 90% of Syrian people were peaceful, safe, and enjoyed a quiet life.” -- Anonymous, fears disclosure may compromise his safety in Pittsburgh or his family’s in Syria  #IamPGH



“I don’t have big goals. I have everything here. I’m just hoping for my children. I hope they go to college, study, and graduate with whatever they like. And, they can have a good life here. The United States gives us a good life.  Syria is my mother and the United States is my life. I love both! I can’t put anyone on the shelf. Maybe my children will think differently, because they will live their life here and didn’t spend much time in Syria. But, Syria is my mother.


I teach my children about Syria.  My wife and I talk a lot about it. My children remember and they like what they remember, because they were little kids. They played with friends in the streets and went to school. We need to teach our kids about our history. We don’t have to have to teach them American history, because they learn everything in school -- more than we know. Maybe then they have to teach us!” -- Anonymous, fears disclosure may compromise his safety in Pittsburgh or his family’s in Syria  #IamPGH


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Welcoming Pittsburgh is launching 30 Neighbors. 30 Days., in collaboration with PittsburghUrbanMedia.com and other partners, to spotlight stories from diverse Pittsburghers, including those hailing from countries around the globe, transplants from other American cities, and Pittsburgh natives. 

  Follow the campaign:  www.PittsburghUubanMedia.com, WelcomingPGH on Facebook and Twitter, hashtag #IamPGH. 30 Neighbors. 30 Days. runs January 20 – February 18, 2016.

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